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Edge (and others):
In addition to the apparently altered foraging behavior, I have been 
wondering about the potential for increased brood parasitism by Brown-Headed 
Cowbirds. Twice now I have been watching Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers building 
nests, while a female Brown-Headed Cowbird lurked nearby. Would the 
decreased cover make it easier for Cowbirds to spot potential hosts?
Doug Willis
Liberty, MO
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From: "Edge" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 8:35 PM
Subject: Fwd: Altered foraging behavior?


> Thought several of you would find this interesting--more of what  we've 
> been observing and commenting on.
>
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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>> From: Jack and Pam <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: April 30, 2007 6:09:52 PM CDT
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Altered foraging behavior?
>> Reply-To: Jack and Pam <[log in to unmask]>
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>> This morning I took a short walk down our driveway to
>> the Buffalo River. At some point I became aware of the
>> fact that I was seeing birds in unusual micro
>> habitats-a catbird in a cedar tree and several species
>> of warblers either on the ground or also deep inside a
>> cedar tree.  This statement is not as specific as I
>> would like, but as I say the realization came to me
>> slowly.   All day we have had a Lincoln's Sparrow
>> around the steps leading in to the house and on the
>> path leading to the garage.  We usually have this
>> sparrow passing through at this time of year, but it
>> tends to be much more secretive and hard to observe.
>> I wonder if I am seeing altered foraging behavior due
>> to lack of traditional food sources after the freeze?
>> I plan to be more alert to this during the coming
>> months.  Have others noticed any similar changes?
>>
>> Jack
>>
>> Jasper, Newton County at Erbie
>>
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